How to Use Far Infrared Light Bulbs

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How to Use Far Infrared Light Bulbs
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A far infrared lamp can relieve muscle pain, soft tissue injuries, back pain, gout pain and migraines. Far infrared waves are part of the light spectrum, minus the ultraviolet waves. The far infrared waves emitted from the lamp penetrate up to 3 and 1/2 inches into your body, stimulating circulation and producing gentle warming waves over the area. The far infrared lamp, also called the miracle lamp or healing lamp, requires special far infrared bulbs to work.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Far infrared light bulb

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  1. 1

    Place the far infrared light bulb in your lamp. The lamp should be specially designed to take a far infraref bulb: Look for a mineral plate behind the bulb assembly. Check the manufacturers instructions to be sure that the lamp is suitable.

  2. 2

    Place the bulb at least 12 inches away from your skin. Bulbs differ in intensity and the ceramic plate adds to this intensity; You should always check the manufacturer's instructions to ensure that the lamp isn't placed too close too your skin.

  3. 3

    Turn the lamp on and heat your skin for a maximum of 60 minutes. This time may be shorter if you have a high-intensity lamp.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have sensitive skin, you may be more susceptible to burns. Start by heating your skin for 30 minutes at a time at the maximum distance recommended by the manufacturer: usually 14 inches for most bulbs.
  • If your skin starts to turn violet, this could be a sign that you are overheating your skin. Turn the lamp off and check your skin for redness. If your skin is red, stop using the lamp.
  • Do not use a far infrared light bulb if you have a chronic medical condition like high blood pressure without consulting your doctor.

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